Celeste Maria Martins Santos e Silva

Celeste Maria Martins Santos e Silva

Ecology & Biogeography, Integrated in MED
Ecology & Biogeography
Integrated in MED


A biologist by vocation and training, she divides her interests between Flora and Mycobiota (Funga), and the forest environment is what fascinates her most and has motivated her to carry out research, scientific dissemination and university extension work. Professor at the Department of Biology at the University of Évora, she teaches what she knows in the hope of instilling scientific curiosity and a solid ecological conscience in those who listen to her. Responsible for the MacroMycology Laboratory (MED), she guides and conducts studies ranging from the diversity, conservation and management of Mycological Resources to Mycorrhizal Synthesis between plants and fungi, aiming at both the production of edible mushrooms and the recovery of degraded areas.

Present Research
  • Production of biomaterials using fungi
  • diversity and conservation of macrofungal communities
  • mycorrhization
  • edible mycorrhizal mushrooms
  • Plant-fungi partnerships
  • forest fungi
Research Interests
  • Plant mycorrhization
  • Forest sustainability
  • Diversity & Conservation
  • Mycology
  • Science communication
  • Botany

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Thematic lines to which I contribute:
Montado & Forest Systems
Biodiversity & Conservation
Governance & Development
Olive Groves & Olive Oil
Sustainable Crop Production
Mediterranean Food & Diet

Publications & Patents



Project Funding Lead Institution Role Start End Scope
CI&PE_PNSSM - Centro de Interpretação e Portas de Entrada do Parque Natural da Serra de S. Mamede Portugal 2020 - Alentejo 2020 Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas. I.P. MED Representative 2019-10-01 2021-09-30 Nacional
MultiForest - A Multifuncionalidade da Floresta - Potencialidade e Valorização dos Ecossistemas Florestais em Portugal Portugal 2020 - PDR 2020 Universidade de Coimbra MED Representative 2018-03-23 2021-12-06 Nacional
LIFE ScrubNet - Regeneração e melhoria dos montados através da gestão adequada das áreas de mato/arbustos. European Commission - LIFE Program INNOGESTIONA AMBIENTAL(Espanha) Participant 2021-12-01 2026-08-31 Internacional
SUMO - Sustentabilidade do Montado PRR - Plano de Recuperação e Resiliência Universidade de Évora Participant 2023-01-01 2025-09-30 Nacional